Spanish odds on the drift as punters go Dutch
WITH PUNTERS APPARENTLY reluctant to back Spain to beat the Dutch in the World Cup Final, William Hill are to lengthen their 90 minutes odds to an industry-leading 6/5 for online and telephone clients from 7a.m on Friday morning.
'Despite already taking bets of £10,000, £25,000 and £50,000 for Spain to win the World Cup, we cannot now seem to persuade punters to back Spain to beat the Dutch in 90 minutes, so, as they are a seven figure winner for us we are trying to tempt punters to support them - hopefully Paul the Octopus will tip them to help us out!' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
A William Hill Manchester betting shop client stands to collect £424,000 if David Villa, now 8/11 favourite to do so, ends up as tournament top scorer after placing a £30,000 double on Holland to win their Group at 4/7, with Villa at 8/1.
Another Hill's shop punter in Essex placed a £250 treble on Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams to win their respective Wimbledon singles tournaments, running on to Holland - and will collect £30,000 if the Dutch oblige.
'It has been a good World Cup for bookies thus far, with 52% favs winning , 27% draws and 21% underdogs, which doesn't sound that great, except that the high turnover matches have tended to go our way - not least the England matches, and the Germany-Spain semi in which there were bets of 500,000 and 75,000 euros on a German win' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
WILLIAM HILL now make Spain 4/7 favourites to win the World Cup, with Holland offered at 6/4.
Hills make Spain 6/5 to win in 90m with Holland 13/5 and the draw 11/5. (PRICES AVAILABLE FROM 7A.M.)
Hills offer 9/2 that the Final will go to a penalty shoot-out; Holland are 10/1 to win by that method, with Spain also quoted at 10/1. Holland are 11/1 to win in extra time, with Spain 9/1 to do likewise.
DAVID VILLA is 8/11 to end up as World Cup top scorer with Hills who also offer 5/2 Sneijder; 4 Klose; 14 Muller; 16 Forlan; 100 Suarez.
VAN BOMMEL FOR BOOKING?
WILLIAM HILL have cut their price for Van Bommel to be booked during the Final (90m play) from 9/4 to 13/8 after taking a string of bets of up to £600 a time on the tough tackling Dutchman to fall foul of the referee.
REPEAT FOR PUYOL?
AFTER Carles Puyol headed Spain to victory against Germany, William Hill offer 25/1 that he will score again from a header during 90m play of the Final.
WILLIAM HILL offer 12/1 that Torres will win a penalty.(90m play)
ARJEN ROBBEN is 13/2 with Hills to score from outside the box.(90m play)